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Kenyan leader snubs Presidential debate

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Kenya’s President Uhuru on Wednesday disclosed he will not participate in the planned Presidential debates slated for July 10 and July 24, ahead of the August 8 General Elections.Speaking in Nairobi, the ruling Jubilee Party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju said that the organizers have not contacted the Party in regards to the live Presidential debates, saying they only knew of the event following advertisements in the local media.

“We have not been contacted or told what the ground rules are,” he said.

Before becoming President in 2013, Kenyatta participated in the historic Presidential debates however, he was highly critical of the moderators, who he said targeted him unfairly.

The American-style debates will see the candidates reach out to the widest possible audience to explain how they would govern Kenya if elected.

They are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership.

The event is organized by the Debates Media Limited committee together with the Kenyan media houses.


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